Grapeland HS Looks to Capture Prestigious UIL Award

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – Satchel Paige once said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” That something is the combined effort of the Grapeland Sandies and Sandiettes as they have several sets of eyes peering back at them as the pride of Grapeland rockets up the Lone Star Cup standings.

While it has been around for several years, the Lone Star Cup is still relatively unknown to many people in the local area.

According to the UIL website, “The UIL Lone Star Cup is awarded annually to six high schools, one in each of the six UIL classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A), based on their team performance in district and state championships. The winning schools in each classification will receive the UIL Lone Star Cup trophy and a $1,000 scholarship, also presented by the UIL. Honoring the best overall athletic and academic programs in Texas, the UIL Lone Star Cup is open to all UIL participant high schools.”

As of Monday, May 21 – Grapeland was in 19th position with several events yet to be figured into their final score.

The Sandies and Sandiettes have a current total of 24 points. This total, however, only includes State and Area Marching Band, Team Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Girls’ Basketball, Boys’ Basketball, Soccer and One Act Play.

What it does not include are the awarded points from Golf, Tennis, Track and Field and Academics. The next update will be May 25.

The Grapeland High School Boys’ Golf Team recently won the UIL Class 2A Golf Championship. According to the scoring rules, this will give the Grapeland team 10 additional points. Added to the GHS team’s current total and you have 34 which would move the Sandies and Sandiettes into fifth place.

Depending on how the Grapeland Girls’ Golf Team does at state this week, GHS could wind up tied for first with Sundown as both teams would have 44 points. After the first day of competition at the state tournament, GHS was in first place by 18 strokes.

In addition, if you factor in the Sandiettes’ ongoing run in the softball playoffs, plus the district championship won by the Sandies in baseball (four points), the Sandies and Sandiettes have a very legitimate shot of bringing the Lone Star Cup to Grapeland.

The final update for the 2017-2018 school year will be provided by the UIL on June 15 and will include softball and baseball. The standings will become final on July 2.

“Standings will be publicized on the UIL Website and in the UIL Leaguer. Tabulations will be verified and maintained by the University Interscholastic League,” the UIL website states.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.